12 Secrets Halloween Costume Designers Want You to Know

12 Secrets Halloween Costume Designers Want You to Know

Mix it up

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When skipping a store-bought costume, Katharine Tarkulich suggests putting your own spin on a well-known character. "Whether that's doing a superhero as a pin-up, turning a historical figure into steampunk, or combining two things you really love into one unique costume, the sky really is the limit," says the freelance costume designer. Mashing up multiple ideas is also a fun way to brainstorm clever Halloween costumes for couples.

Focus on the details

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"You can create three different costumes with the same dress just by switching up your accessories and makeup," says Katie Echeverry, the CEO and founder of Unique Vintage. When going the DIY route, Echeverry recommends keeping your outfit simple and getting crafty with the extras. Take a sleeveless black shift dress, for example. Add pearls, sunglasses, and a top knot, and you're Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's. A white jacket, red gloves, and a wig transforms you into Cruella De Vil, and to become a cat, all you need are ears, a tail, and some drawn-on whiskers.

Source supplies from around your house

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Need craft supplies and other accessories your DIY costume? Brooks suggests using what you have on hand first. "You'll definitely feel like you're in the 'MacGyver School of Costuming,' but it pays off," he says. You may not end up constructing insect wings out of tape, saran wrap, and old hangers like Brooks, but you can easily become a "Cereal Killer" with cereal boxes and plastic utensils. Here are more punny Halloween costumes you can try this year.

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